Well. I just finished Mad Men.. and you may guess that I cannot continue to my life normally anymore :) Before rewatching it, I have to prepare a post dedicated to the soundtracks.. because come on, I had to do it. Other than the stories, characters, true advertising stories, costumes, attitudes (is there anything left?); the usage of music was extraordinary. It took us to the real environment of music industry of that time with smooth and not obvious references (Mad Men is all about this, after all). I strongly recommend to listen and learn the every piece of Mad Men by clicking here, but here is my favorite moments.
Classical Music Usage
Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro
When the episode's name is Mozart's famous opera 'The Marriage of Opera', you already get excited :) We see the pieces from the opera from the radio during the Sally's birthday party. we hear the duet 'Cinque, Dieci, Venti' from Act 1 and the aria 'Voi Che Sapete Che Cosa È Amor' from Act 2. As it can be just coincidence to hear it from the radio, I think its being the title of the episode has a deeper meaning. In Sally's party, the focus was Helen Bishop, an outsider due to her failed marriage. We see Betty critisizing her, but we know that she will get divorced later, also. So, everything that seems okay in The Barber of the Seville will be turn around differently in The Marriage of Figaro. It can be one of the first hints of the failure of Don and Betty's marriage.
Background: The Marriage of The Figaro (Mozart) is a continuation of the story of the Rossini's famous opera The Barber of The Seville. The male main character falls in love and saves her from her protegee in The Barber of The Seville, tries to sleep with his housemaid in The Marriage of Figaro.